114 – The Reason I Went Vegan – A New Book – Vaping

This is the show where we help you live stronger, thinner, healthier, and happier. If you haven’t noticed there is some background noise. And that’s because I am in the coolest city in the world…New York City! I am in Manhattan walking down the street. And I have a lot to share with you today!…

Very quickly, I would like to touch on a topic. I passed by a few people on the street that are vaping. Maybe it’s not you but then pass this along to someone it may possibly help. As much as they would like you to believe it is, vaping is not healthy. There is nothing healthy about it. In some vape stores, they have things like juice bars which  make it look like a health center. They want to make it look like vaping is a healthy thing. I want to make sure you understand that it is very unhealthy. It can cause cancer. You have a much higher chance of getting certain types of severe lung cancer from vaping. If you, or someone you know, vapes please share this with them. Ask them to do the research. I have known a few people that died from lung cancer, and it is a very painful and terrible way to go. If you can prevent it in some way but not smoking, vaping, or being around toxic chemicals, I urge you to do that.

And I wanted to give everyone a little update on my Dad. I really appreciate that so many of you have been reaching out on Facebook asking how my Dad is doing. He did definitely have a stroke. He did not lose any cognitive function but he will need to go through some physical therapy to help to get him walking again. They are pretty positive he will be ok but let’s pray and hope for the best. My Dad is 86 and none of us are getting any younger and I pray that he has some good years left and more love to share. So please keep up the positive energy!

I also wanted to talk to you about something really exciting. I had an idea a short time ago to come up with a book. I am not going to go into too much detail right now but it is a book that will help many people. One of my meetings in New York was with a friend and follower of mine. She and I are going to collaborate on this project. Let’s just say that this will be a book, that I am pretty sure you will want to get your hands on. It’s too early to say anything else just because it’s in it’s early stages and we are still conceptualizing the whole thing. Our plan is to have this ready by mid 2016, late spring or early summer. You’ll be hearing more and more about it as we start developing this and the writing takes place. This is not a money making venture necessarily. I am not wealthy although I am comfortable but I don’t need that much to live on. I don’t wear expensive jewelry or spend a fortune on clothes. I am intrinsically happy. I am happy walking the streets of New York City. I don’t even need a cab. This is the stuff that makes me happy. It could be backpacking the Grand Canyon or skiing down a mountain. These are the kind of things that make me happy. So with that said, of course we would like some income from this project but that is not why I am doing it. It is more important for both of us to teach, to help, to inspire, and to honestly change the world. A long time ago in my previous marriage, it was all about more material things, and making more money, and looking good to everybody else and wearing the right clothes and jewelry. That phase of my life is gone. I am much more spiritual now and enjoying health and happiness, teaching and helping other people. That is so much more valuable.

One of the most common questions I get asked is “Dave, why did you become vegan?” I will give everyone the concise answer today. I like to think that for a long time, I have been eating “healthy”.  My wife, Yoko, and I have a very good friend who is vegan and so I knew for sure that based on my readings that it was healthier to eliminate animal products from my diet. But that wasn’t enough to say I am never going to eat an egg or a steak again. Because honestly I really did like it and I thought it was healthy. Of course like everyone else, I thought I needed it. Then Yoko and I happened to watch a really compelling video. It was a speech given by Gary Yourofsky and the title of his speech is something like “The Best Speech You Will Ever Hear”. After watching this speech, he opened my eyes up to so many things about the animals. How they are bred and brought into this world. They suffer horribly on these factory farms. And even on the free range farms that people think are great. My eyes were opened to the total horrible life of an animal that is bred just so we can eat it. And the best day of its life is when it goes on the truck to the slaughterhouse. That’s the best day although no one would say that’s a good day if you are on a truck waiting to be slaughtered. So after watching this, reading, and listening to a few podcasts, Yoko and I decided that we were never going to be responsible for another animal dying on our watch. Because if we switch to plant based eating, not only we will be much healthier but we will not be participating in the horrible animal suffering that is out there. If you are eating animals and animal products (including eggs and dairy), you don’t need it. Try it for 30 days and go have your physical. You will see how much better your health is once you take the animal products out of your life. Trust me, it will work! I don’t want to see you on any medication. I want to see you live a good long vibrant life. So that is the main reason. It was for the animals. I have also learned a third reason (I suggest you watch the movie Cowspiracy). And that is that the animal agriculture industry is killing the planet. There is not enough land on this planet to grow all the crops to feed all of the animals that we are eating. And so we are cutting down rainforests to grow crops. It is not sustainable. I am not sure how long the planet Earth is going to be around as we know it if we keep this up. It may not be in my lifetime or your lifetime but its going to be a disaster. If YOU decides to go plant based just from this podcast, then I have done my job 🙂 I am changing the world one person at a time.

When I first started this, people would tell me that I can’t change the world. And how dare I post things on Facebook and think that people are going to read it and listen to it. Well guess what? I know I can estimate roughly how many people have gone plant based because of my (and other’s) teachings. And I know how many animals have been saved – both land animals and marine animals. And it feels pretty darn good! I don’t get paid to do this. It is something I do and I am passionate about it. I am changing the world one person at a time – and it is YOU!

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